Once upon a time in Monaco on TF1: what is the romantic comedy with Rayane Bensetti worth?

TF1 is broadcasting the TV movie “Once Upon a Time in Monaco” this evening, with Rayane Bensetti, Anne Serra, and Chantal Ladesou. Is this romantic comedy in the vein of the “Love at first sight” collection worth a look? This is our opinion.

Once upon a time in monaco on tf1: what is the romantic comedy with rayane bensetti worth?
François Lefebvre / TF1 / Courtesy of SBM

What is it about ?

Mehdi, 30, lives with her mother in a city in the suburbs of Paris. Bac + 5 in his pocket but dreams of grandeur in his head, he plays online poker and wondering what he is going to do with his life. One day he wins. Not enough to change everything. But enough to tell yourself that now is the time to risk everything. He leaves for Monaco, the city of fairy tales, pretending to be a Moroccan prince, with one goal in mind: to play poker at the table of the richest in the hope, at last, of seeing his life change. There he meets Elena, receptionist at the Hôtel de Paris. A charming young woman who quickly understands that Medhi is not who he claims to be. And who, too, hides many secrets … When appearances are deceptive … for better or for worse?

Once upon a time in Monaco, directed by Frédéric Forestier and written by Gilles Paquet-Brenner.

With Rayane Bensetti, Anne Serra, Antoine Duléry, Chantal Ladesou, Gladys Cohen, Valérie Dashwood, …

Monday November 2 at 9:05 p.m. on TF1

What does it look like ?

Well worth a look ?

Absent from the screens for a year and a half (his last role dating back to the release of the feature film Let’s Dance in March 2019), Rayane Bensetti (Clem, Tamara, La Finale) returns with Once Upon a Time in Monaco, directed by Frédéric Forestier ( Stars 80, Mon Poussin) and written by Gilles Paquet-Brenner (Les Jolies things, UV, Dark Places). A TV movie that could have been completely part of the TF1 collection “Coup de foudre à …”, which Rayane Bensetti knows well since he was the hero of Coup de foudre in Jaïpur against Lucie Lucas in 2016. And who So follows to the letter all the codes of the chain’s romantic comedies, from Love at first sight in Bora Bora to Too young for me: the idyllic and sunny setting (here Monaco), the misunderstandings in spades, and a central duo man- woman that everything opposes and who will, obviously, we give it to you in thousand, end up falling in love. In short, nothing new under the sun.

Once upon a time in monaco on tf1: what is the romantic comedy with rayane bensetti worth?

François Lefebvre / TF1 / Courtesy of SBM

If we can therefore only regret this lack of daring on the part of the channel, which continues to offer us romantic comedies far too formatted, Once Upon a Time in Monaco is nonetheless a rather pleasant entertainment, cut to appeal to a large audience. And too bad if the scenario is sewn with white thread and if the “revelations” do not surprise anyone. The strong point of the TV movie is undoubtedly its casting, led by Rayane Bensetti, at the head, which, failing to surprise, proves again that he is comfortable in the genre of comedy and is doing well. in the skin of this false Moroccan prince. Facing him, Anne Serra, still little known to the general public despite her roles in Antigang, The Lion, and the TF1 miniseries Les Innocents, brings a little spice to this marked romance, while Chantal Ladesou, faithful to her – even Gladys Cohen (Seta in Plus belle la vie), and an Antoine Duléry who makes tons of them seem to have a lot of fun with their respective scores and make us have a good time. Where we smile more than we laugh, of course.

Despite a first half more successful than the second, and some annoying clichés in 2020 on the suburbs and young French people of foreign origin, Once Upon a Time in Monaco is a rather nice TV movie which, in this gloomy period of pandemic and confinement, should allow the audience of TF1 fond of this kind of romantic comedies quickly seen and quickly forgotten to escape a little. And that’s not bad already.

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